From the archives of The Daily News for June 20, 2014.

  • In 1914, Ruskin McArdle, secretary to postmaster general, visited Galveston.
  • In 1914, the local union of engineers and firemen voted on whether to strike.
  • In 1989, a new law empowering the Texas General Land Office with the authority to coordinate coastal management activities was hailed by local and state government officials. “This was one of our sweetest victories,” said state Sen. Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena, author of Senate Bill 1571, which was signed into law by Gov. Bill Clements. Galveston County stood to benefit from the passage of the bill, because the management plan developed by the state will be designed to address coastal issues such as beach erosion, storm protection, oil spill cleanup procedures and wetlands conservation.
  • In 1989, a UTMB burns specialist who treated victims of a Soviet train explosion credited the country’s emergency preparedness system with saving hundreds of lives after a deadly rail disaster. David Herndon, M.D. led a U.S. medical team that responded to an explosion involving two trains traveling in the Ural Mountains of the Soviet Union. About 650 people died in the accident and more than 700 were injured.

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